Poetry on the Patio with Matt Gano

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts kicks off Poetry on the Patio, outside Zech Hall on Friday, August 11th . The beer garden will be open through an open mic, slamfest/class starting at 6:30 leading into the Featured Artist Seattle poet Matt Gano.

Matt is the author of Suits for the Swarm, a poetry collection from MoonPath Press and has been writing and teaching professionally since 2004. In 2011, he was invited to lecture as a guest speaker for The Juilliard School in NYC and performed as a featured poet for “Page Meets Stage,” at the Bowery Poetry Club. He was Writer-in- Residence at the Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity in Hong Kong in 2009, and led creative writing workshops the previous year for the Youth Creativity Summit in Seoul, Korea.

He has represented Seattle at the National Poetry Slam multiple years and is the 2008 Seattle Grand-Slam champion. Matt is currently an Artist-in- Residence with Seattle Arts and Lectures, Writers in the Schools.

If you are a poet, or have always wanted to write poetry this event is for you! Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a Slam Champion, while writing and enjoying cold brew under the stars on Whidbey Island.

6:30pm beer garden opens for first round of the slam class / open mic
7:30pm Featured Artist Matt Gano

$5 Slam class / open mic
$12 Featured Poet – Matt Gano
$15 Includes slam/open mic and featured artist